Berkeley Summer Abroad

Granada, Spain: Muslims in the West

  • Summary

    Explore Spain's relationship with Islam and the importance of Islam in the development of Spanish and European culture.

    Uncover the Islamic roots of past and present Spanish culture
    Study the incredible developments of Islamic civilization on the Iberian Peninsula since 711 A.D.
    • Visit locations such as Cordoba, the Alhambra, and the Albaicin
    • Take museum tours through Granada for extraordinary hands-on learning opportunities


    On this program, you will trace the politics of Muslim prejudices through events that occurred centuries after their expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula, a site deeply rooted both in current Spanish culture and modern Western identity. Explore the city of Granada and discover for yourself its rich Islamic antiquity.

    Dates: June 25 – July 28, 2017
    All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English


    • ETH STD N180: Muslims in the West: From Islamic Spain and Construction of Otherness to 9/11 (6 units)



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher



    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Course: Ethnic Studies N180
    Title: Muslims in the West: From Islamic Spain and Construction of Otherness to 9/11
    Dates: June 25 – July 28, 2017
    Instructors: Hatem Bazian, Ph.D., and Ramón Grosfoguel, Ph.D.
    Units: 6 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This course offers a broad historical understanding and social account of the experience of Muslims in the West from the arrival of Muslims to Spain in 711 until today (9/11 and Arab Spring). The program will have guest lecturers such as Tariq Ramadan, Salman Sayyid, Asma Barlas, Asma Lamrabet, Barbara Boloix and others specializing on Muslims in the West. The influence of Islam in European culture from the Renaissance to Modern Science is hardly recognized in most contemporary debates about Western identity and knowledge. Spain's relationship with Islam is extremely important to the development of Spanish and European culture in general.

    The course will trace the political flow of events from the Arab-Berber arrival to the Iberian peninsula, their experiments in state-formation, the final expulsion of the last surviving Muslim enclave of Granada in 1492, the Orientalism that emerges in the 18th and 19th century European colonization of Muslim lands, late 20th century Cold War developmentalist colonial policies to the early 21st century War on Terror and Arab Spring. The students will examine the sources and visit the locations associated with Al-Andalus and trace the religious and racial categorization emerging from 1492 to the present.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,260 $2,260
    Total Cost $4,720 $5,380
    Fees are subject to change. All non-]Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,700
    Additional Meals $544
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $620
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $3,176


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in a hostel with two meals per day
    • Excursions to Cordoba, the Alhambra, the Albaicin, museums throughout Granada, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Granada and Spain, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Granada June 25, 2017
    Last day of program July 28, 2017

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Hatem Bazian, Ph.D.
    Program Director

    Dr. Hatem Bazian is Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Boalt School of Law. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Hazian is advisor to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, and founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia, a UC Berkeley research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Dr. Bazian is also a Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College, as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from UC Berkeley.

    Ramón Grosfoguel, Ph.D.
    Program Director

    Dr. Ramón Grosfoguel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Senior Research Associate of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. He has taught courses on Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States, Social Science Methods, Black Thought, Comparative Latino Migration, Theory and Methods, Chicano Paradigms, and Transnational Paradigms in Ethnic Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of the World-System, on Caribbean migrations to Western Europe and the United States, and on questions of racism and Islamophobia. Among his recent works are the following five edited volumes in the journal Human Architecture: Othering Islam, Islam: From Phobia to Understanding, Historicizing Anti-Semitism, Decolonizing University: Practicing Pluriverity, and Constructing Memory: Museumization of Migration in Comparative Global Context. Dr. Grosfoguel holds an M.A. in Urban Studies and Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.